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E.L.F. Cosmetics’ Chipotle Collection Gives New Meaning to ‘Guac Is Extra’

The makeup line, which includes eyeshadow and an avocado-shaped makeup sponge, will be released March 9

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An eyeshadow palette from elf cosmetics and Chipotle perched on a foil-wrapped burrito e.l.f.
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

You ever walk into a Chipotle, see the offerings, and think, “Gee, I really wish I could turn this into a look?” Well, now finally you can accent your eyes with sofritas, thanks to Chipotle’s collaboration with E.L.F. cosmetics.

The new makeup line includes a plumping “Make It Hot” lip gloss, a makeup sponge resemblant of an avocado, a makeup bag that looks like a bag of chips, and a 12-color eyeshadow palette with shades to match everything from the corn salsa to the black beans at a Chipotle burrito bar. Every purchase of the eyeshadow palette comes with a coupon for free chips and guacamole from the chain.

Chipotle is also not the first food brand to enter the makeup world. Recently, Tapito hot sauce collaborated with Hipdot on a line of products. In 2017, Taco Bell solicited makeup looks inspired by its menu items. And who could forget about the Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers?

Besides, Chipotle can use light and silly PR boon right now. The company has spent the better part of the last few years dodging claims of lax food safety and poor worker treatment; last March, a Chipotle worker in New York says he was fired for calling in sick. And Chipotle has also been engaging in speculative buying during the pandemic, calling struggling independent restaurants and offering to buy out their leases so it can keep expanding.

The least they could do now is release a lipstick that tastes like fajitas.